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I was raised an Armybrat, which gave me an appreciation for our military, diversity and travel. In my young adulthood I was a Republican, this in the days Republicans were still actually conservative. When the move began in earnest to push religion into our schools and Constitution, I left the Republican Party or, more to the point, my party left me. I later became a Democrat and have worked on various campaigns and efforts since.
I am retired from the legal field and spend my time doing volunteer work with groups such as Pilot International. I also help to moderate a liberal IRC political channel on Undernet which promotes civil and informed debate on the various issues.
I dabble at being an artist, preferring watercolors and Native American leather crafts. I enjoy growing gourds to make some of my drums and also use gourds for other projects such as birdhouses which are donated to various community groups to help with fundraising.
I am known to be a political news junkie and like to see and to encourage informative debate on the issues. I would like to think I work towards positive change but, apparently, any positive change is hard to measure in today's world.
I volunteer with OPN because I believe in responsible free speech and because it's refreshing to see support and encouragement for new writers.
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(19 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 4, 2008 Sarah Palin: Small Mind In A Big Little Town
Vice-Presidential candidate,Sarah Palin, former mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Alaska, may have waited as little as eleven days after after assuming office before precipitously firing Mary Ellen Emmons, Director of the Wallisi Public Library, over Ms. Emmon's steadfast refusal to ban books.
(18 comments) SHARE Friday, September 5, 2008 Librarians Against Palin Founder a Mystery
The identify of the founder of LAP is still unknown. Is the new LAP site a blog, a grassroots effort, the latest 527 group on the political scene or part of growing movement that may cost Sarah Palin the election come November if this group of librarians do what they have set out to do?
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 7, 2008 Sarah Palin VP? Don't bet on it
As online betting establishments monitor Sarah Palin's latest unfolding scandals, including 'PottyMouthGate' and 'FlirtationGate', their betting line will give Americans a good feel for how Sarah Palin is perceived by the general public in the Lower 48, whether Sarah Palin will survive mounting scandal and whether John McCain will survive Sarah Palin.
(21 comments) SHARE Friday, May 21, 2010 REDNECKS VS. RAND PAUL, et al.
Kentuckians have known for decades where Mitch McConnel stands when it comes to corporations vs. the American people. It's now clear who Rand Paul would have stood side by side with during The Redneck Insurrection of 1921 and, it's more than clear whose side he's on now. It's time to get Rednecked.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, July 20, 2012 Ann Romney Confuses "you people" with We The People
It's not only politicians that put their foot in their mouth, or let slip their true thoughts. The Romney campaign is feverishly trying to remove Ann Romney's own foot from her mouth while attempting to put out the resultant wildfire on twitter.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 27, 2010 Rand Paul Excuses Not Appreciated In Kentucky
There are some who may fall for the flimsy excuses offered by Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul engineered to absolve oil and mining corporations from any and all legal, monetary and moral responsibility for the recent deaths of miners and rig workers. Mr. Paul may be able to pull the wool over their eyes, but he can't do it to us. Kentuckians remember full well our state's distinction of being home to the 1988 crash at a b
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 22, 2010 IRC on American Tea Party Racism: Truth to Power
Truth is a dish best self served, not something we allow to be spoon fed us by those who seek power for whatever reason. IRC is truth speaking to that power in real-time. Are many of the Tea Party followers racist? You be the decider.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 2, 2012 Romney Breaks Silence Towards The Press
Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, has broken his two month silence towards the open press. The Romney campaign answered three questions posed by the press and told them off twice. It's a start, at least now they are talking.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Sarah Palin Owes Us Apologies As Well
Tell us Sarah, when do you intend to fire ol' Fred? Or, does Malek's money make your heart grow more forgiving each and every day...Surely,you will have the conscionable decency to truly apologize to us all for this, Helen Thomas included? We await your apologies, Sarah, "Heaven forbid" you make us wait any longer.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 17, 2012 The Debate: Junkyard Dog vs. Pretentious Poodle
Not having his facts together sealed the fate of the presidential not so hopeful Bishop Mitt Romney, when he foolishly went on the attack and for the President's throat, all the while grinning like the school yard bully he was and is, in school and during his governorship.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Pastor Charles Worley a/k/a Pastor Dachau
Yes, they will mostly likely starve under his plan to fence and extinguish them. He cannot be trusted to furnish clean sheets or hot showers, nor write in his weekly calendar 'Food drop at First Christ Concentration Camp'. Meet Pastor Dachau a/k/a Pastor Charles Worley.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 4, 2010 SOWELL: A Doubting Thomas No More
Thomas Sowell, you've finally thrown off all doubt and officially joined the far right fringe. Welcome to the revolution and the salvation of your very soul.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 6, 2010 Memo To Palin: Silence Is Golden
Sarah Palin has become one of the few Republicans to break their odd silence regarding the massive oil spill now threatening the environmental and economic viability of much of the Gulf Coast. Mark Twain would enjoy her sudden urge to speak: "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Sometimes silence is golden.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 9, 2008 Per John McCain Senator Obama Is The Anti-Christ
If this latest political strategy of the GOP and Senator McCain was not so un-Christian and un-American, their desperate attempt to portray a United States Senator as the anti-Christ would be laughable or at least generate a bit of pity.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 28, 2012 Romney's WOW Factor
Banning birth control pills or making them less accessible sounds unthinkable to those of us with any commonsense, doesn't it? Birth control pills being banned by Republican men who like to complain about welfare costs and "welfare queens" makes even less sense. One has to wonder why Republican men even try.
SHARE Wednesday, December 25, 2013 And so, this is Christmas
You can imagine my shock and awe upon learning that "meanie liberals" were trying to abort Baby Jesus from Christmas. You can easily imagine who said such a thing. God bless her, this woman needs all the help she can get. So did I, in getting my stolen Christmas spirit pulled back together again. I was pissed off at Sarah Palin.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Media Questions McCain's Mole But Not Possible PTSD
"mainstream media refuses to ask, if John McCain suffers from PTSD from his the five years of captivity, including three years in solitary and torture so extreme that, as he put it, "broke" him to the point he attempted suicide several times" Yet they will give us over 600 news articles concerning his recent mole removal.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, July 25, 2008 Voters Deserve The Full McCain
...it never enters the minds of mainstream media to ever ask the obvious question "Could the man running for the highest office in the United States of America, a job with incredible stress, possibly suffer from PTSD.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 30, 2008 ROVE ROLLS, HE TALKS, HE WALKS!
"Karl Rove has threatened Michael Connell, a principal witness we have identified in our King Lincoln case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, that if he does not agree to "take the fall" for election fraud in Ohio, his wife Heather will be prosecuted"
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2008 Johnny Cash Is Not For Sale
Country singer John Rich has just informed us Johnny Cash would have supported John McCain. In what parallel universe does he imagine Johnny Cash singing harmony to John McCain's Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran?
SHARE Sunday, August 17, 2008 OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DISAGREE WITH JOHN MCCAIN
John McCain, presidential candidate, during the Saddleback Church forum sponsored and hosted by Reverend Rick Warren, stated that America was founded on Christian principles. It seems Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and our other Founding Fathers disagree with John McCain, and for good reason.
SHARE Thursday, December 31, 2009 Hardball National Security Cheney Style
How much more responsibility for our national security failures does the GOP want to claim? How willing are Republicans when it comes to actually playing national security hardball, especially when playing real ball means saying yes?
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 16, 2008 Mr. McCain, I Am Not a Citizen of Georgia
This situation demands a complete look at the Ossetia massacre and full disclosure as to the role you and the Bush administration have played in these events. Before you unilaterally declare the citizens of the United States to be Georgians, you need to answer to us first.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 13, 2008 Did McCain Involvement in Ft. Ord Real Estate Deal Cost Taxpayers Several Hundred Million Dollars?
In 2001, two years after his purchase, Mr. Diamond sold the former U.S. military post known as Ft. Ord, located near the beach in Monterey Bay, California, for more than 18 million dollars. Property evaluations now show the long term value of this former public property to be worth at least several hundred million dollars. Senator John McCain played an active role in this entire transaction.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, August 18, 2008 John, Thou Shall Not Steal
Many are questioning whether John McCain stole this old story directly from the Russian author, Solzhenitsyn, an author he was quite familiar before McCain's own controversial cross in the sand story was ever revealed to the press.
(18 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Who Are These Women?
No one could have told me that there would be some Democratic women today who would be willing to throw away our hard won pro-choice rights by voting for McCain. Who are these women who endorse another eight years of failed policies which have harmed our families?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 24, 2008 Political Gaffes and Gift Horses
RE: Recent controversial Couric/McCain interview creating multiple political gaffes and the general mainstream media gaffe of not covering the full McCain.